Over 30 AmeriCorps Alums – representing Peace Corps, City Year, Teach For America, VISTA, Public Allies and AmeriCorps State Direct — gathered for an informative night of networking and panel discussions around graduate school at John Martin’s Pub on February 28, 2013.
The event, co-sponsored by the Miami AmeriCorps Alums Chapter and the School of International Training (SIT), eased into the night with a half an hour of casual networking around hor d’oeuvres that featured scallions wrapped in bacon, chicken tenders and brochette.
After the networking, Heather Beard from the School of International Training did a 30 minute presentation on SIT and its emphasis on independent, experiential learning and international learning.
Beard added that S.I.T. has had a positive relationship with AmeriCorps starting from their founding as an institute to train Peace Corps Volunteers. They continue to support AmeriCorps Alums by offering tuition breaks for select organizations and offering a match on the Education Award.
“The S.I.T.School will match up to $5,500 of the Eli Segal Education Award. We also offer City Year Alum an additional 25% off of tuition,” Beard said.
The night culminated with an hour panel featuring Current Public Ally Chris Moreno, who earned his Masters in Education at the University of South Florida; Public Ally Alum Eneami Bestman, who got her Masters in American Government from Regent University and was now in Law School at St. Thomas; Teach For America Alum Amanda Davenport, who got her Masters at Columbia’s Teacher’s College and City Year Alum Corey White, who is pursuing his Masters degree in Community and Social Change at the University of Miami.
The panelists offered the gift of hindsight urging the audience to take advantage of all the opportunities and resources grad school had to offer.
“I would have owned my education more. There are opportunities to publish and do scholarly research in grad school, but you have to be in the professor’s faces.”….”You need to be involved in your educational career and milk it for all it’s worth,” said Eneami.
Chris echoed Eneami, saying he wished he would have taken advantage of other grad school resources more, “I wish I’d taken advantage of my career counseling office earlier on,” he said.
Audience members said they really enjoyed the event and got good information about grad school.
“This was a very well planned event. I really enjoyed it. I really liked the relatability of the people on the panel,” said AmeriCorps VISTA Jaheera White.
FIU Senior Farrah Joseph, echoed Jaheera’s positive sentiment about the event.
“I really liked it. Everyone is great and the SIT information and the pamphlets were also really informative,” Farrah said.